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Chael Sonnen Recalls How He Accidentally Got Into A 'Basement Fight' With Georges St-Pierre

Chael Sonnen Recalls How He Accidentally Got Into A 'Basement Fight' With Georges St-Pierre

Ex-UFC fighter Chael Sonnen admitted that he was blown away by the "remarkable" strength of Georges St-Pierre after an accidental basement clash with him.

'GSP,' 38, is widely regarded as the best fighter in UFC history and ended his illustrious MMA career in February.

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But Sonnen, 42, learned first-hand at how brilliant of a fighter the Canadian star was when he had a one-on-one showdown in a basement in 2014.

The ESPN analyst said that the contest with 'GSP' made him the "best fighter I've ever taken on."

He told Bloody Elbow: "I've fought Georges St-Pierre in a basement, in California, 2014.

"That was the best fighter I've ever taken on.

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"It's a long story, but Kenny Florian set up the workout.

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"And he said, 'Hey, Georges is in town, do you want to work out tonight?'

"And I said 'Yes.' But, I didn't know he meant GSP -- everybody calls GSP, GSP.

"Kenny sent me a text that said 'Georges is in town.'

"I showed up at the basement and there is St-Pierre.

"And I do remember leaving that day and thinking, 'You know, that guy is special. That guy is different than other people.'

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"And he had that strength, like that remarkable strength. And I never heard his opponents talk about that.

"I never heard his opponents talk about how strong he was, which surprised me, because it was... remarkable.

"Very strong man."

'GSP,' a former two-division UFC champion, last fought in 2017 against Michael Bisping and captured the UFC Middleweight Championship.

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But the Canadian hasn't ruled out making a sensational U-turn on his retirement and has been linked with a dream clash against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

When he was asked last month if he would return to UFC, 'GSP' hinted that it could happen if the "right fight came along."

Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who worked with 'GSP' for his return fight against Bisping, recently weighed in on the possible outcome of a showdown between Khabib and the UFC legend.

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Topics: Chael Sonnen, UFC News, MMA News, UFC, MMA, GSP, Georges St-Pierre

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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